City officials estimate that the portion of Lake Forrest Drive between Lake Summit and Chevaux Court should reopen early next year.

On Aug. 5, the city blocked off the portion of Lake Forrest Drive due to safety concerns. Contractors hired by the city determined the road is dangerously unstable after multiple rock slides occurred this year.

City Council on Aug. 6 declared the road an emergency and endorsed suspending the public bid process to speed up the repairs.

The road is a popular north-south alternative for people avoiding Roswell Road, but children attending Heards Ferry Elementary School live along the road, according to county maps.

City  Council recently received an update about the project. City Council directed staff to finish the structural plans to stabilize the slope of the road. The design would use portions of the road that are within the city’s right of way, city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said.

“Final design options will be reviewed with the Council.   Contractor selection will be conducted utilizing an emergency procurement procedure,” Kraun said. “Barring unforeseen complications, Lake Forrest Drive should reopen in early 2014.”

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